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57% off rockbirds 6-pack led mini super bright 3 mode tactical flashlights - deal alert

this mini led tactical flashlight has 3 modes, an adjustable/zoomable beam, and is both rugged as well as water resistant. its bright, long-lasting light operates on just a single aa battery. the list price on a pack of 6 has been reduced 57% to just $19.99, so for just $3.33/torch you'll have a...




35% off pulse solo dimmable led light with dual channel bluetooth speakers - deal alert

pulse solo is the world's first led light with dual speakers in one bulb. pulse solo combines the energy efficiency of a dimmable led light with the high-quality audio of jbl bluetooth speakers. setup is easy, twist the pulse solo into any standard light socket, and adjust both lighting and sound from any bluetooth enabled ios or android device. experience the soaring highs and the rich stereo sound of jbl combined with warm, dimmable lighting, without the fuss of sp...




how python makes programming simple

in it, it’s hard to completely avoid writing programs, even if they’re just small ones. but not all it folks also want to be developers, and the overhead involved in learning and getting proficient with a language can be huge. for many languages, it takes a lot of code—and a lot of time—to write code to do even simple things. as the video above shows, python was created to help out in just such cases. it makes programming work easy and fast, with engl...




15 noob mistakes even experienced developers still make

coders are gonna code and newbies are gonna noob. sometimes, even experienced coders make newbie mistakes. in the 20-plus years i’ve been at it, i’ve seen it all. but mostly i’ve seen the same mistakes over and over again.these common mistakes are of the tactical variety. you should also do good hygiene like use revision control, but even if you do good hygiene you may be making these other tactical mistakes, and suffering as a result.[ the art of programming moves rapidly. infoworld helps you navigate what’s running h...




how devops tools accelerate software delivery

once upon a time, there was a developer who needed to write code against a database. so he asked the database administrator for access to the production database.“oh, dear me, no,” said the dba. “you can’t touch our data. you need your own database. ask operations.”“oh, de...




26% off qwerkywriter bluetooth mechanical keyboard with integrated tablet stand - deal alert

qwerkywriter connects wirelessly to any phone or tablet with bluetooth. it features vintage inspired round typewriter keycaps and industrial strength mechanical switches that provide a unique clicky tactile feel, similar to the old vintage clacky typewriters. a mechanical keyboard promotes a more accurate typing ex...




idg contributor network: responsible retail: treating customer data with care

retailers have become so adept at capturing and analyzing consumer data that there is now a real risk that they might alienate customers by revealing just much they know about our lifestyle, habits, and preferences. so if retailers want their big data investments to pay off, they must tread carefully. big data exp...




the cloud could drive open source out of the enterprise

for a decade, there’s a question that just won’t go away: is the cloud killing open source? it still strikes up some emotions.open source software has been the backbone of enterprise platforms for a long time—remember the lamp stack of linux, apache, mysql, and php/perl? but consuming open source software via the cloud could change open source’s enterprise footprint.[ are you ready for the container invasion? learn how to ...




get started with azure event grid for serverless events

microsoft’s event grid is an important addition to microsoft’s serverless options, providing the back end needed to build distributed applications that can work at scale, with minimal management and orchestration. it brings to microsoft’s serverless tools an event routing fabric that simplifies subscribing to events raised by other azure services and by external sources.there’s a lot to be said for using serverless computing models as the basis of a modern cloud...




idg contributor network: three devops practices to avoid the thursday night of dread

in a previous post, i described devops as an investment in team happiness. it can mean actually looking forward to deployments, rather than fearing the thursday night of dread.in particular, i’ve found three specific devops practices that go the farthest in boosting team morale:fast feedback developers feel most engaged when they know the...




just $9.99 right now for a 3-pack of 6-foot lightning/micro usb combo cables - deal alert

sync and charge ios & android devices with this generous 6-foot lightning/micro usb combo cable, available right now as a 3-pack, discounted to $9.99. features a durable stainless steel connector, and a tangle...




amazon temporarily discounts echo from $179 to $100 - deal alert

by now i'm sure you're familiar with amazon's echo device. amazon echo comes in both white and black, and is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. echo connects to the alexa voice service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. one works well, or string them around your house for alexa in every room. multiple echo de...




idg contributor network: winter is coming. protect your content kingdom

like many of my high-tech colleagues i am an avid game of thrones viewer. however, its appeal is much broader. the series is set in a historical fictional medieval world made of seven kingdoms, all struggling for power in a tense battle between good and evil. no character is safe, and this unpredictably delights audiences by keeping them on their t...




unleash automation by the crowd with mechanical turk

russell smith is cofounder and cto of rainforest qa. amazon’s mechanical turk, or mturk, is a powerful, under-appreciated platform that allows you to allocate work to humans programmatically and at scale. businesses get access to a vast, scaleable workforce, and workers can select from a variety of tasks whenever the...




what is rust? safe, fast, and easy software development

fast, safe, easy to write—pick any two. that’s been the state of software development for a good long time now. languages that emphasize convenience and safety tend to be slow (like python). languages that emphasize performance tend to be difficult to work with and easy to blow off your feet with (like c and c++).can all three of those attributes be delivered in a single langu...




serverless computing may kill google cloud platform

google, which has had to claw its way back into cloud relevance in the shadows of amazon web services and microsoft azure, suddenly finds itself playing catchup again, thanks to the rise of serverless computing. although google cloud platform still trails aws and azure by a considerable ...




65% off etekcity 2 pack portable collapsible led camping lantern - deal alert

the etekcity collapsible led lantern provides up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional lighting for your surroundings. it’s lighter, brighter, and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. the military-grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. save time, energy, and luggage weight with its si...




unleash automation by the crowd with amazon mechanical turk

amazon’s mechanical turk, or mturk, is a powerful, under-appreciated platform that allows you to allocate work to humans programmatically and at scale. businesses get access to a vast, scaleable workforce, and workers can select from a variety of tasks whenever they want to work. mturk can get work done very quickly, with tasks performed in parallel by a multitude of workers. part of its power lies in the fact that, while it’s programmable, tasks are written in plain english, meaning almost anyone can use it.the use cases are almost infinite. if work can be sent and returned electronically, it can be performed through mechanical turk. lately, companies have been using it to prepare data for machine learning and data science — think o...




what is the rust language? safe, fast, and easy software development

fast, safe, easy to write—pick any two. that’s been the state of software development for a good long time now. languages that emphasize convenience and safety tend to be slow (like python). languages that emphasize performance tend to be difficult to work with and easy to blow off your feet with (like c and c++).can all three of those attributes be delivered in a single language? more important, can you get the world to work with it? the rust language, originally created by graydon hoare and currently sponsored by mozilla research, is an attempt to do just those things. (the google go language has similar ambitions, but rust aims to make as few concessions to performance as possible.)rust is meant to be fast, safe, and reasonably easy t...




serverless computing may kill google cloud platform

google, which has had to claw its way back into cloud relevance in the shadows of amazon web services and microsoft azure, suddenly finds itself playing catchup again, thanks to the rise of serverless computing. although google cloud platform still trails aws and azure by a considerable margin in general cloud revenue, its strengths in ai and container infrastructure (kubernetes) have given it a credible seat at the cloud table.or would, if the world weren’t quickly moving toward a serverless future.in serverless computing, as server density ceo david mytton points out, “google is quite far behind” because of a dearth of services. although google will continue to churn out new functionality for its customers, its pace of innovation for...